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Two people saved after snowmobiles fall through ice in Columbia County

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A snowmobiler was rescued from Lake Wisconsin on Sunday after falling through the ice, authorities reported.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m. in Sunset Bay.

Columbia County dispatch received a 911 call about two snowmobiles that had gone through the ice. Reports indicated one person was stranded in the water while another was on the ice.

A Columbia County Deputy arrived swiftly at the scene, finding one individual approximately 100 yards from shore. Civilians were already attempting a rescue. Together with a Lodi firefighter and two civilians, the deputy managed to reach the man in the water. They successfully used a ski rope to pull him to safety.

The rescued individual, who was wearing a flotation device specifically designed for snowmobiling, was then escorted to a waiting ambulance. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has taken over the investigation.

The rescue operation saw the collaboration of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Lodi Fire and EMS, Wisconsin DNR, and several citizens.

Authorities remind those venturing onto the ice to exercise caution. Despite the cold weather, recent near-freezing temperatures have weakened the ice. Officials advise wearing flotation aids, carrying ice rescue picks, and informing friends or family about travel plans and expected return times.

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